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1973 Corvette
1973 was a big change - or at least the start of a big change - in the Corvette look. The front chrome bumper was gone, never to return.
1973 Corvette front bumper, first year for the non-chrome treatment
The new Corvette front bumper was a body colored injection molded urethane cover that passed Federal Government tests for five mph impact that did not damage safety related items.

Below: 1973 rear bumpers were the same as previous years. The combination of chrome bumpers on the rear and non-chrome bumpers in the front is exclusive to 1973, making that year easy to spot.

1973 Corvette rear bumper was the same as 1968 through 1972
1973 Corvette front fender louver Right: The front fender louver was simplified to a single scoop. Note that the "Stingray" script remained.


1974 Corvette, the first year for front and rear chrome bumpers
1974 completed what was started in 1973 when the rear bumpers got the urethane cover treatment.
1974 Corvette rear bumper
The 1974 Corvette rear bumper was a two piece design which was exclusive for that year. Later years were a one piece solution that also featured bumper under-riders.

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Jeff Wallsays...

The 1966 Covette script is also straight up and down, while the 1965 script is slanted right.

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